Sixth-seeded Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares have advanced to the Australian Open men's doubles semifinal after beating Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Dutch Matwe Middelkoop. Murray and Soares, who split in the middle of the 2019 season before reuniting for this season, returned to Melbourne Park together for the first time since 2019.
On Wednesday, Murray and Soares handed a straight-set defeat to Arevalo and Middelkoop 6-3 6-4 to progress into their second team semifinal at Melbourne Park. Murray and Soares got off to a perfect start to the match as they converted their second break point in the second game to earn the first break of the match.
Murray and Soares didn't allow Arevalo and Middelkoop a single break point in the first set as they converted their first set point in the ninth game to win the opener. No break points were seen in the first six games of the second set as the two teams were tied at three games apiece after the opening six games of the set.
Then, Murray and Soares broke Arevalo and Middelkoop in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead but Arevalo and Middelkoop claimed their first game of the match in the eighth game to tie the set at four games apiece. But Murray and Soares claimed another break in the following game to take a 5-4 lead, before serving out for the match in the 10th game.
Murray and Soares play next against Rjaeev Ram and Joe Salisbury
Murray and Soares, who claimed their first team Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park in 2016, will be battling against fifth-seeded Ram and Salisbury for a place in the Australian Open final.
Ram and Salisbury, who won the Australian Open title last year, handed a straight-set defeat to New Zealand's Marcus Daniell and Austrian Philipp Oswald 7-6 (6) 6-2. Daniell and Oswald saved two break points in the seventh game of the first set but couldn't save two set points in the first-set tie-break as Ram and Salisbury won a tight opener.
After surviving a tight first set, Ram and Salisbury cruised past the second set as they broke Daniell and Oswald twice to earn a straight-set win.